Valance to Chateauneuf- du- Rhone

Cycling day 25.

(UNSPONSORED) Ride To The Rock for Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Windy day. The wind was on our backs and this made the cycling easier than usual. Back in 2016, on our USA cycle ride for MSF – I remember being told Kansas would be an easy state to cycle because the wind would push us all the way. I can say this was untrue! Tough days. Though Jean Marie – we will keep you safe in our good memory box.

The sun was shining – as we followed the river Rhone and the wind was refreshing and welcomed. This also moved us along the cycle path. We could only noticed how hot the day was – when we stopped for a drink or snack. So we decided to go for a swim in the river Rhone.

Yes the sun was shining but this didn’t warm the water. The Rhone river was icy cold. Oo la la. So Andy swam and I just paddled. As I stood in the water there was a beautiful iridescent dragonfly that hovered just above the surface of the water, and occasionally came close enough to say hello.

The cycle route signage was clearly marked along the route and the paths were good.

Today we met some lovely fellow cycling tourers.

Unusual to meet a Brit on the road but today we met Don from London who works for NHS England. Then Stephan from Germany, Danielle and Andreas from Switzerland and a young lad from Germany came along. All in the matter of 10 minutes – 7 Adventure cyclists.

We brought Europe back together for half an hour. Though we remain friends.

We cycled over several bridges and one of these stood out. I am scared of heights – specially if the bridge or whatever I am stood on moves, or you can clearly see the ground below.

Here Andy took a short film. I’m not sure if you can hear me saying quietly – “Oh my goodness’.

This one slightly swayed.

On route to Châteauneuf-du-Rhône we came across grapevines still maturing, apricots almost ready to be eaten and corn.

We arrived into Châteauneuf-du-Rhône around 1730. Here we paid €10 for a municipal campsite pitch. This included toilets and showers.

Tonight we enjoyed pizza in the local town. Just 5 minutes walk from the campsite. The wind is furious and the tent is getting a battering but this is exhilarating – as this reduces the feel of the heat from the sun. I expect a comfortable nights sleep.

As ever, thank you for all of your kind messages on social media. Your support is absolutely invaluable to us .

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